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The Paramedic Program is a selective admissions program.

You must meet all the requirements to be eligible. EMS 121, 128, 131, and 140 are all open enrollment courses. EMS 133 (Practicum) requires an application/Departmental approval.

When you submit your application for the Paramedic program, you will upload a copy of your current Kansas EMT card, proof of enrollment in an EMT course (e.g., copy of current course schedule) or proof of eligibility to sit for EMT Certification exam (e.g., documentation showing successful completion of EMT class).

Option I: Associate of Applied Science Degree

Prior to beginning professional courses, you must successfully complete an EMT course and the following courses:
ENGL 121 Composition I 3
Humanities elective^ (PHIL 121 recommended) 3
Social Science/Economics elective^ (SOC 122 or PSYC 130 recommended) 3
Select one of the following options:
     BIOL 144 Human Anatomy/Physiology* 5
     Math/Science elective^ 3
or both
     BIOL 140 Human Anatomy 4
     BIOL 225 Human Physiology  4


First semester

EMS 220 10
EMS 225 10
Total hours 20

Second semester

EMS 230 Clinicals 12
Total hours 12

Third semester

EMS 271 Field Internship 15
Total hours 15

Total program hours: 64
Total professional credit hours: 47

* Students will need 3 Math/Science elective hours if BIOL 144 is chosen.
^See all AAS general education electives

A minimum grade of “C” for all prerequisite course work is required. Prerequisite courses may only be repeated once to achieve the minimum grade of “C.”

Option II: Paramedic Vocational Certificate

Prior to beginning professional courses, you must have:

  • Associate degree or higher* WITH
  • Kansas EMT
  • National Registry EMT or eligible to sit for National Registry Examination AND
  • Successful completion of a college-level human anatomy/physiology course with lab (5 credit hours or greater)

First semester

EMS 220 10
EMS 225 10
Total hours 20

Second semester

EMS 230 Clinicals 12
Total hours 12

Third semester

EMS 271 Field Internship 15
Total hours 15

Total program credit hours: 47

A minimum grade of “C” for all prerequisite course work is required. Prerequisite courses may only be repeated once to achieve the minimum grade of “C”. 

*If you do not have an associate degree or higher, see Option I. 

If you have completed fewer than 12 college credits, an official high school or GED transcript, including final grades and graduation date, is required.

You must contact all other institutions and request an official transcript be sent directly to JCCC Selective Admissions as soon as possible. (All transcripts must be received by the Oct. 1 deadline.)

Additional Transcript Information

  • You are responsible for notifying each institution to forward official transcripts to JCCC. Transcripts from other institutions will be released to JCCC only upon request of the applicant. Faxed or hand-carried copies will not be accepted.
  • If course work has been completed at JCCC, a copy of your transcript will be placed in your file.
  • It is not necessary to request transcripts from previous colleges if JCCC already has them on file.  Please contact Admissions if you have any questions. 

Individuals applying to selective admission programs who have a non-U.S. high school and/or college education, and are seeking possible credit for program requirements, should review the Transfer Credits for International and Immigrant Students information. 

Individuals presently in the United States who do not currently hold a lawful immigration status need to be aware that a background check or proof of eligibility is required, and therefore:

  • Those who have not been approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may have difficulty providing the necessary documentation for the background check. Those who have been approved for DACA may present their Employment Authorization (EAD) document, and driver’s license or passport. Students who are DACA approved should not assume their DACA approval guarantees they will pass the background check.  Visit the USCIS website for additional DACA information.
  • Individuals who are F-1 visa holders, with a JCCC Form I-20 who are maintaining status, may be asked to present their I-2 and passport, driver’s license, I-94 card or printout.
  • The state of Kansas requires specific identification and employment eligibility documentation to sit for and be given state licensure. 

All students currently enrolled in prerequisite courses may be selected for admission to the Paramedic program if all admission material is received by the deadline date and official evidence of successful completion of these courses is received prior to the first day of class.

Applicants with completed admission applications who meet prerequisites will be scheduled for an interview. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds 38, applicants will be ranked by the preferred criteria, and the top 38 will be interviewed.

The interview process will involve review of academic preparation, related experience, and personal characteristics relevant to student success in the program. All interviews are held on campus with the applicant in person, with no exceptions.

Final rankings will reflect the consensus of a committee of assessors from the college, the program and professionals in the field.

Those applicants ranked high enough to be accepted will be notified by student email and given 10 days to accept their position.

The student must complete the JCCC Health Record and Physical Examination form. This form will be provided to the student and will be due in March. If the deadline is not met, the student may be subject to termination.

All questions concerning the program should be directed to the EMS Department, 913-469-8500 ext. 4564 or 3419.

Preferred Criteria for Ranking

Criteria Weighting
GPA Actual GPA (max 4.0)
Anatomy/Physiology GPA Grade points x 2 (max 8)
EMT Grade Grade points x 2 (max 8)
BA/BS Degree 4 points
Completion of EMT Practicum EMS 133 2 points
Completion of ECG course (EMS 140 or equivalent) with "C" or better 2 points
College Success Courses (Any combination of COLL 176, COLL 178, COLL 186 or COLL 200. One point per credit hour with a “C” or better). Up to 3 points

For example, a student having a GPA of 3.0, who completed EMS 131 with a “B”, completed Biology 144 with an “A”, completed EMS 140, COLL 176 and COLL 178 with a “C” or better:

GPA 3.0 + EMS 131 6.0 + Biology 144 8.0 + EMS 140 2.0 + COLL 176 1.0 + COLL 178 1.0 = 21 points.

Maximum of 31 points is available. 

This program requires an internship, practicum, clinical component or state/board licensing. The institutions that host internships/practicums/clinicals may require applicants to provide a Social Security number or show proof of having a Social Security card. See program chairperson for more information.